Okwui Enewzor Postdoctoral Fellow

Mohamed Faroug A. Ali is an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the International University of Africa, Sudan. He completed his undergraduate school in Sudan at Dongola University and obtained his MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

He is the co-founder and the CEO of the American Sudanese Archaeological Research Center (AmSARC) and he also serves as the Executive Director of the Sudanese Archaeologists Union.

Mohamed has been directing and participating in many archaeological projects in Sudan and his research interest focuses on the formation, political economy, collapse, and regeneration of ancient states in sub-Saharan Africa, ancient iron working cultural landscape, and cultural contact. His work was funded by different foundations including the British Museum, National Science Foundation, and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His media consultation includes the documentary films: Queens of Kush, ZDF Expedition, Terra X: Kleopatras Schwarze Schwestern (2008), and The Fourth Cataract of the Nile – An archaeological Salvage Project aired on the French-German TV Channel "Arte" in 2007.

His publications include: “Sociopolitical structure and the collapse of the Meroitic State in the middle Nile region” (unpublished manuscript, Jun 2022); “The end of the Merotic State: Historical and Archaeological perspectives” (published in Majalat Aladab 9 Faculty of arts, International University of Africa, in press 2022); “The Meroitic state: Political economy and negotiations of powers” (published in Archaeology & Arts/ Humanities) and “A new study concerning Kushite and Post Meroitic iron objects” (published in Hommages Lenoble, edited by Vincent Rondot) among others.